Welcome to St Germans Group Parish

Your Kingdom come.....Your will be done.

WE EXTEND A SPECIAL WELCOME to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, gay, confused, filthy rich, comfortable or dirt poor.

We extend a special welcome to wailing babies and excited toddlers.

We welcome you whether you can sing like Pavarotti or just growl quietly to yourself. You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woken up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you are more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven’t been to church since Christmas ten years ago.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit mums, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you are having problems, are down in the dumps or don’t like ‘organised religion’. (We’re not too keen on it either!)

We offer a welcome to those who think that the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here because granny is visiting and wanted to come to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throats as kids or got lost on the coastal path and wound up here by mistake. We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters ….. and you!

Parish in Transition

In the absence of a parish priest, please contact:

Parish Wardens: Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

For weddings, baptisms, funerals and church services:  David Watters and Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Children’s work: David Watters and Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Messy Church: Evelyn Reed

For buildings and general parish enquiries: the Parish Wardens:   Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

For Safeguarding:  Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Pastoral Visitors Team:  Pat Paxton

Parish Giving Scheme and Finances: the Treasurer, Fiona Liddicoat

Electoral Roll: Brenda Daw

Enquiries about individual churches:

Downderry:  Steve Liddicoat

Hessenford: Fran Moore

St Germans: Richard Laugharne

Tideford: contact Parish Wardens

Hire and other info on St Germans Priory Church for events:

The St Germans Priory Trust:   www.stgermanspriory.info

Hire of the Church Hall in Hessenford:   http://www.4clubs.biz/timeslot/hessenford2/


The parish email address for all emails is:


They will be forwarded to the appropriate person.

Parish Phone 07557 302 255



~   News and Events in the Parish   ~

February 2019

Stop Press

On Sunday 3rd February PCC agreed that

all Sunday services which would normally take place in St Germans Priory Church in February, March, and April until Easter Sunday, will take place in St Luke’s Church, Tideford.

The extreme cold and resulting tiny congregation at St Germans have prompted this proposal.  We hope you will come and join us at 11am on the appropriate Sundays at St Luke’s, which can offer a more intimate worship space and a modicum of heating.

The weekly 20 minute Prayer Services will continue to meet on Tuesday mornings at 9.30am in the Priory.



Parish Lunches

The parish lunches take place weekly on Wednesdays at 12 noon in St Nicolas Church, Downderry.

All are welcome to come for a tasty three course meal, good company and fellowship 


The APM and APCM

will take place on Sunday 7th April at 9.30am at St Nicolas Church, Downderry


Concert in St Germans

The  Bournemouth Symphony  Orchestra are coming to Cornwall

for one week in February to reach rural areas.

Resonate Strings


will perform at
THURSDAY 14TH FEBRUARY 2019 7.30 p.m.
An opportunity to enjoy world class music played by

professional experienced musicians

Please come along and experience this wonderful musical evening.

Tickets £12  / £8  (under18)

Doors open 7.00 p.m.    Wine available £3 per glass.
Tickets available from St Germans Community Shop
online www.crbo.co.uk.  or call 017526879500
PLEASE wear warm clothes
Parking in Port Eliot.
We look forward to seeing you


Coffee Morning  and Soup and Pud Lunch 2019

 Next lunch – Saturday 9th March

thereafter bi-monthly on the second Saturday.

10.30am – 1.30pm

All in the parish and visitors are invited to coffee and lunch and to browse the local group and charity stalls.


Home Group

Meeting on Mondays at 10.30am for coffee;  11am-noon study

Venue: Margaret’s home, Hessenford,

weekly Monday 21st January until 4th March

(Ash Wednesday 6th March)

Then, in Lent – the Anglicans and Methodists together –

will be studying:

Journey through Lent towards Easter by Joan Brown

(Copies can be ordered from David Watters)

Monday mornings –

March 11, 18, 25;   April 1, 8

1030 for 1100 am

     at The Methodist Chapel, Downderry                 


Pub Theology

A chance to discuss ideas and thoughts about all matter of things theological.

After a short introduction of 5 minutes, the conversation is open.

We now meet on the third Wednesdayin the month (TWIM).

We meet in the Eliot Arms, St Germans between 7.30pm and 9pm.

            Topic:      Books of the Bible seldom read     Feb 20thLeviticus

            For any enquiries, ring Richard Laugharne (01503-230333).   All welcome!


Messy Church will be starting again in March

watch this space!


Latest News

THE FOOD BANK – no change to the message – our help is needed

There are collecting boxes in all our four churches – please keep the contributions coming in………..

You will have read in the press that the need is greater than ever – so please keep the contributions coming in.

How can you help the Foodbank?     Currently (early February) there are the following shortages:


PLEASE – no baked beans, pasta, soup, teabags or cereals – the Foodbank has PLENTY of these items.

However, money is becoming a continuing issue, and it is becoming a common problem throughout all of Cornwall’s Foodbanks.   All are having to react to an increase in demand; and although food is being donated in increasing volumes covering the demand, the costs related to sustaining larger Foodbanks is becoming a challenge. So, the real requirement now is cash.

If you could help through regular donations we would be extremely grateful. Setting up a Standing Order is ideal, but any donation would be wonderful. We can also take donations CAF and Stewardship schemes.

If you can help please contact the Liskeard & Looe Foodbank.

Tel: 07512 011452. email: liskeard.foodbank@gmail.com

Thank you for your support.





St Germans Priory Trust

If you would like to volunteer to help the Project in any way please visit our website at www.stgermanspriory.info  and let us know your contact details.

Board of Priory Trustees

  • Chair- Richard Laugharne
  • Vice Chair – Fiona Bristow
  • Secretary – Brenda Daw
  • Support Officer – Jo Rimron
  • Ann Demaine
  • Peter Daw
  • Hugh Parker
  • Bob Foulkes.

News Archives

St Germans, Hessenford, Downderry & Tideford Parish services

3rd February   Presentation of Christ in the Temple

9.30am   PCC Meeting     St Nicolas Church, Downderry

11am      Parish Eucharist   St Nicolas Church, Downderry

4th February  Monday

6pm Prayer Service   St Nicolas Church, Downderry

5th February   Tuesday

9.30am  Prayer Service    St Germans Priory Church

7th February  Thursday  

9.30am  Prayer Service    St Annes Church, Hessenford

10th February   4th Sunday before Lent

9.30am  Morning Prayer   St Annes Church, Hessenford

11am     Morning Prayer   St Lukes Church, Tideford

11th February     Monday

6pm  Prayer Service   St Nicolas Church, Downderry

12th February  Tuesday

9.30am  Prayer Service  St Germans Priory Church

14th  February Thursday  

9.30am  Prayer Service  St Annes Church, Hessenford

17th February   3rd Sunday before Lent

9.30am  Eucharist   St Nicolas Church, Downderry

11am     Eucharist   St Lukes Church, Tideford

18th February

6pm      Prayer Service  St Nicolas Church, Downderry

19th February  Tuesday

9.30am  Prayer Service   St Germans Priory Church

21st February   Thursday  

9.30am  Prayer Service   St Annes Church, Hessenford

24th February   2nd Sunday before Lent

9.30am  Morning Prayer   St Nicolas Church, Downderry

11am  Morning Prayer   St Lukes Church, Tideford

25th February  Monday

6pm  Prayer Service   St Nicolas Church, Downderry

26th February   Tuesday

9.30am  Prayer Service  St Germans Priory Church

28th February   Thursday  

9.30am  Prayer Service    St Annes Church, Hessenford

East Wivelshire

The area of the Diocese of Truro area is that of the county of Cornwall including the Isles of Scilly. It was formed on 15 December 1876 from the Archdeaconry of Cornwall in the Diocese of Exeter. It is therefore one of the younger dioceses.

The diocese is divided into two archdeaconries:

Rural deaneries

The names of the older deaneries (before 1875) are based on those of the ancient hundreds though the boundaries do not always correspond. The deaneries created in 1875 in the episcopate of Frederick Temple were Bodmin, Stratton, St Austell, and Carnmarth. These remained unchanged until Carnmarth was divided; later still in the 1980s some alterations of boundaries occurred. Chronological Sequence:

Estwevelsire, 1259; Estwyvelschyre, 1291; Estwevelschire, 1366; Easte, 1672; East, 1847, 1980; East Wivelshire, 1997, 2009.

St Germans Group Parish PCC as from May 2018

Permanent members of the PCC

The Vicar (position vacant)

LayChair –  Richard Laugharne

Secretary – Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Treasurer – Fiona Liddicoat

Parish Wardens:

Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

Church Stewards:

Downderry: Steve Liddicoat
Hessenford: Fran Moore
Tideford: Matt Frost
St Germans: Richard Laugharne

PCC members:

Downderry: Sue Booth; Andrew Pidgen, Jenny Daniels   Cashiers:  Tim Pullin and Sue Pidgen
Hessenford: Yvonne Byles,  Dawn Couling.  Cashier:  Fiona Bristow
St Germans: Chris Bowditch, Evelyn Reed.   Cashier: Peter Daw
Tideford:  Hugh Parker.  Cashier: Ron Bradley

Deanery Synod Reps:

Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters. Bill Woods